A Short History
Peace Heroes was born out of a desire to empower children living in the shadow of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to face the challenges around them and overcome them in positive, life-giving, and healing ways.
“It was a privilege and honor to teach my students about each of the peace heroes . . . And yet, of all the inspiring, motivating individuals we learned from, I am delighted that the simplest notion of sharing the belovedness of another human being is what consistently made a sustaining impact.”Elise, 3rd Grade Teacher, Jerusalem
“If we don’t teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence.”
Peace Heroes began its journey in 2013 when a Palestinian school in Jerusalem decided to purposefully teach its students peace in an environment marked by violence. The heroic warrior is a very strong concept/image within Palestinian and Israeli society, but for both communities it is completely tied in with militaristic achievements.
Peace Heroes aimed to reframe the students’ sense of who is a hero by introducing them to a different kind of hero – real-life heroes who prioritize peace as a way of living over and above everything else.
We believed that these remarkable women and men would not only inspire students with their stories but would also model the ways in which each and every one of us can make a difference for good in the world around us.
Peace Heroes was such a success that we decided to bring it into other schools as well. In 2016 we launched an extensive pilot program that included more schools in Israel and Palestine as well as schools in Kenya, South Africa, Burundi, and two refugee camps in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan.
The positive feedback we received from these schools has deepened our conviction that Peace Heroes is more needed now than ever to empower children to rise up and bring change for good in communities all over the world.
We would love to extend this program to as many schools as possible in the hope that through it we might begin to raise up the next generation of peace heroes!
Why Peace Heroes?
Our world is broken and we need courageous people to show us how to mend it.
Who is a Peace Hero?
Peace heroes overcome their fears for the sake of love and are propelled to action by the desire to restore dignity to the broken world around them.
What does Peace Heroes do?
We teach students that they can become peace heroes by upholding human dignity, celebrating unity in diversity, extending radical welcome and taking positive action for love of the world around them.
How do we do it?
We give children the tools they need to change the world. We do this by telling them stories that tap into their imagination, break open their compassion, and propel their hearts to action.
“The Peace Heroes curriculum is so beneficial to our elementary and trade school students in Burundi. They are learning to try peaceful resolutions first. They are embracing peacefulness, and you can feel it across the campus.” Jonas, 4th-5th grade teacher, Burundi